The core of the great Solidarity movement was the dream of freedom and democracy, understood as an innate right of every human being to decide his or her own fate and to share responsibility for the fate of the nation.



- Over the  last 150 years we have been used  to the idea that the social  and economic spheres are interconnected. Meanwhile, capital has  discarded its investment role in favor of speculation and stopped being connected to the economy. The present crisis  stems from the fissure between the two spheres, Alain Touraine remarked during a debate in Warsaw. 

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On 17 December 2012 the Warsaw University Library  hosted a debate focused  of Alain Touraine's latest essay titled "After the Crisis". The debate participants included  Ireneusz Krzemiński, Marcin Frybes and Alain Touraine; it was moderated by Izabela Wagner and Paul Gradvohl.

Touraine's approach is distinguished by his assertion  that even  though the primary manifestations of the present crisis are economic in nature, its true dimension is much broader. For that reason the public debate on ways of dealing with it must not be left exclusively to economists. There is need for other points of view, including those of the sociologist and the historian. Simultaneously,  "After the Crisis" marks an important stage in the very advancement of the general sociological theory, which Touraine has been formulating and developing for almost half a century. Marcin Frybes translated the essay into Polish.


Marcin Frybes

Mathematician, sociologist, Alain Touraine's student, journalist, member of the CADIS (Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques) at the  EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)   in Paris.  Lecturer at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw  and staff member of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.  Co-author  (with Paweł Kuczyński) of "W poszukiwaniu  ruchu społecznego - wokół socjologii Alaina Touraine'a"  (Warsaw, 1994).

Prof. Ireneusz Krzemiński

Sociologist, head of the Theory of Social Change Section of the Warsaw University Institute of Sociology. In his work Krzemiński  has focused on xenophobic and anti-Semitic  attitudes, sociology of communication and  sociology of local communities. He has also studied the evolution of the Solidarity movement.

Prof. Alain Touraine

A sociologist and thinker, Touraine  has long studied  the transformations of post-industrial societies.  His research on Solidarity  produced the original concept of participating sociology (sociologie de l'action). Founder of the Sociological Analysis and Intervention Centre  (CADIS/EHESS) in Paris. "After the Crisis", his latest book, has been translated into Polish and published by Oficyna Naukowa.  

Paul Gradvohl

Historian, Hungarian studies specialist. Director of the  Centre of French Culture and Francophone Studies  of Warsaw University. His works, rooted in the history of culture, address a broad range of themes: military and security issues, national historiographies, comparative research - with particular focus on Central Europe („Culture et identité en Europe centrale. Canons littéraires et visions de l’histoire”,  ed. Michel Maslowski, Didier Franckfort and Paul Gradvohl, Paris, Brno, 2011).

Dr. Izabela Wagner

Sociologist, Deputy Director for Teaching Affairs at the Sociology Institute of Warsaw University. Member of the Social Movement Studies Centre (Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux) at the EHESS in Paris. Author of studies on the careers of musicians and academics : "Geniusz czy biznesmen? Sprzężenie karier drogą do sukcesu w nauce" (Stan Rzeczy, 2/2012).


The event was organized jointly with the Center of French Culture and Francophone Studies  of Warsaw University.